Jffll/EEKLY DEHflWNL UPDATE
AUGUST 19, 2013
INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Passing of a Shipmate
PASSING OF CAPT ROBERT J. LEUPOLD, DC, USN, RETIRED
Dr. Robert J. Leupold.
Captain, Dental Corps, U.S. Navy, Retired.
Professor Emeritus, Prosthodontics, Dental School, University of Maryland,
Baltimore College of Dental Surgery
NOVEMBER 28, 1927 - AUGUST 10, 2013
Robert J. Leupold was born in Brookline, MA, November 28, 1927, to
Frances D. and Robert J. Leupold. He graduated Boston English High School
in 1942. His pre-medical education was at Northeastern University where he
majored in Biology/Chemistry and graduated in 1945. He entered Tufts University School of
Dental Medicine in 1945 at the age of 17 and graduated on a Navy Scholarship with a D.M.D.
degree in 1949.
Upon graduation, he married Rosalie T. Fitzpatrick of Cohasset, MA, and was commissioned a
LTJG Dental Corps, USN. He immediately reported to the U.S. Naval Hospital, Philadelphia, for
internship training which was completed in 1950 at the Naval Dental School, National Naval
Medical Center, Bethesda, MD. His duty stations included: 1950-1951 Naval Training Station,
Newport, R.I., U.S.S. Roanoke, CL145 Norfolk, VA from 1951 tol953, a short assignment
U.S.S. New Jersey BB 62 while underway in the Mediterranean and Naval Station, Boston, MA.
In 1953, Dr. Leupold left the Navy for private practice in Weymouth, MA, for four years but
retained an active Navy reserve commission during those years.
In 1958, he reactivated to the Navy and reported for duty as a LCDR, DC, USN to the Submarine
Base, New London, CT. This was followed in 1959 with three years with the Marine Corps
attached to the Second Marine Aircraft Wing, FMF, at Cherry Point, N.C. and deployment to
Guantanamo Bay Cuba in 1962, during the Cuban missile crisis. Later in 1962, he reported to the
Naval Dental School, Bethesda, MD for two years of specialty training in Prosthodontics and
received a Masters degree in Microbiology from the Georgetown University Graduate School of
Medicine. Upon graduation, CDR Leupold was kept on teaching staff at Bethesda from 1964 to
1966 and received Board Certification from the American Board of Prosthodontics in 1965. In
1966, he reported to the U.S.S. Grand Canyon, AD 28 at Newport, RI as the Dental Officer.
Promoted to Captain in 1968, he went to San Francisco, CA, as Director of Navy Prosthodontics
residency training on the west coast. In 1970, he was one of the Charter members of the
American College of Prosthodontists. In 1972, he received orders back to Naval Graduate Dental
School as Chairman of the Prosthodontics Department and in 1973; he was named Deputy
Commanding Officer of the School and NNDC under RADM G.D. Selfridge DC, USN. CAPT
Leupold also received an MA in Education from the George Washington University in 1975.
CAPT Leupold retired from Bethesda and the Navy in 1975 after 27 years of active duty.
Upon Navy retirement in 1975, Dr. Leupold had been selected for the position of Director of a
new Prosthodontics Postgraduate Program at the University of Maryland Dental School. In 1976,
he was selected for tenured Professor and Chairman of the Prosthodontics Department. Dr.
Leupold spent 15 years at Maryland and on retirement in 1990, was honored with the title of
Professor Emeritus of Prosthodontics. Married to Rosalie Fitzpatrick in 1949 they celebrated 64
years of marriage in 2013. Dr. Leupold is survived by his wife, Rosalie T. Leupold of Annapolis,
MD; three sons, Robert J. Leupold of Prescott, AZ., Dr. Richard J .Leupold, Captain, Dental
Corps, and USN (ret), of Annapolis, and Thomas W. Leupold, of Phoenixville, PA.; Six
grandchildren, Matthew, Peter, Michael, Christopher, Julie and Thomas. After fully retiring, Dr.
Leupold and Mrs. Leupold settled in Annapolis for the summers and spent seven months of each
year in Naples, FL. Their traveling took them to every port in the Mediterranean, the Middle East
and North Africa, all of Scandinavia, Ireland, Britain, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan,
Japan, China, Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand and most South American countries.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Military Officers of America (MOAA)
NROTC/NJROTC Awards Program. A Memorial Service will be held at Barranco Funeral
Home, 495 Ritchie Hwy., Severna Park, MD on August 31, 2013 at 1130. Internment at
Arlington National Cemetery will occur at a future date.
S. M. Pachuta
Chief y Navy Dental Corps